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GOLGOTHA

As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.  They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull).  There they offered Jesus wine to drink mixed with gall, but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.  When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.  And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.  Above his head they placed the written charge gaainst him:  THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.  (Matthew 27:32-37)

We aren’t forced to carry Jesus cross, but can we do anything less?  

King of my life I crownThee now, Thine shall the glory be.  Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow, Lead me to Calvary.  Lead Me to Calvary, Jennie Evelyn Hussey

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WHO CAN HARM US?

Keep giving and stay out of dept.”  These words came from our good friend, Dennis Arzoian.  We’d been talking about the present global crisis.  “Either the market will go back up or Jesus will come.”  Also from Dennis.   

Should we sell our lot in Oregon?  Should we cash in our few stocks?  Should we pay off this house?

Though David and I are disappointed our retirement is on hold, we’re confident in this verse:  Who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? (I Peter 3:13)

Considering the above verse and Dennis’ words, I think I know some of the answers to those and other questions:

*  Should we pay off the house?  That seems to be what is good, don’t you think?  It will also help keep us out of debt. 

*  Should we sell the lot in Oregon?  We’re getting information and doing nothing else until we are directed otherwise.  We’re convinced either way will not harm us–unless we deliberately go against God’s will. 

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What about the stocks?  We believe God is already working that one out.

Should we continue to give?  Jesus says to “give and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.”  (Luke 6:38)  Looks like Dennis agrees with Jesus. 

With our common sense (David has more of this than I do) and God’s loving protection (we both have that–it’s free!), who can harm us? 

I hope you have a big lap!

If anyone has words of wisdom on the market or on the scripture involving these things, I’d love to hear from you. 

Remember:  *  Be nice.  * Keep it under 400 words.  *Also I”d love to have your pictures. 

While you’re sitting wondering what to do with those stocks, grab a copy of Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends, Musings on Life, Scripture and the Hymns.  It won’t answer the stock question, but Jesus is on many a page, and He can guide you.  colorado-yosemite-012

Blessings!

Marty

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A DAY OF TUMULT

I’d like to get back to the hymns for some of our discussions. 

I’m looking at the song from the 1800s, “Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult.”  I don’t think I ever looked up that word tumult.  Even as a kid, I somehow knew it meant a confusing day when you’d rather go back to bed.  I don’t know what Cecil Frances Alexander 120px-cecil_f_alexander1had in mind when she wrote:

“Jesus calls us o’er the tumult of our life’s wild restless sea.” 

She doesn’t look too wild and restless.  She looks more put together than I do on my days of tumult–or any day. 

Today started out as one of those mini tumult days.  The electricity went off, the clock was off, so I woke David up two hours late.  The rest of the day was OK, I was just so sleepy–in spite of a little extra sleep, and it was Monday.  It still is.  And last night I lost the pictures on my computer. 

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What about real tumult?

*I attended two funerals last week.  One sweet friend was younger than I am.  *The economy looks worse daily.  Bailing out doesn’t seem to be the answer. 

*There’s crime and war and sickness. 

For these more serious tumultous days, let’s look at more of our song.

“Day by day His sweet voice soundeth….” 

*  You can follow Me or you can follow the stock market. 

*  You can believe me when I say, “I will not leave you as orphans” (John 14:19) or you can hope our leaders figure out how to keep us safe. 

*  You can confess, accept God’s forgiveness and believe Romans 8:1, “there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,” or you can decay in your guilt. 

*  You can rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 3:1) or you can mullygrub like I did this morning. 

I wonder if she ever felt tumultuous over being named Cecil!

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